Is the Immigration 'Crisis' Going Away?
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A new study shows that illegal immigration from Mexico has dropped to zero, reversing a trend that has shaped American law, culture and politics. As familiar disputes continue, is it time for change? Also, challenge to Eurozone austerity programs after elections in France and Greece, and healthy communities in an age of obesity.
Banner image: A Mexican migrant worker cuts spinach during the fall harvest in Wellington, Colorado. Photo by John Moore/Getty Images
Challenge to Austerity Programs after French, Greek Elections ()
President Nicolas Sarkozy, the French advocate of austerity, lost yesterday's election to the Socialist candidate, François Hollande. Two so-called reformist parties in Greece were also defeated by voters. German Chancellor Angela Merkel lost no time in warning new leaders to stick with the program. Peter Spiegel is Brussels Bureau Chief for the Financial Times.
Is the Immigration 'Crisis' Going Away? ()
The states, the US Supreme Court and presidential candidates are debating the consequences of illegal immigration — at a time when it's on the decline. Agricultural interests in Arizona, Georgia and Alabama are claiming a shortage of workers from Mexico. The Pew Hispanic Center has recently reported that, "The net migration flow from Mexico to the United States has stopped — and may have reversed." Hard liners claim that will change when the recession is over, and the dispute continues about the undocumented workers who are already here. But, large waves of immigrants have shaped American since the beginning. We debate the possible causes and potential policy impacts. Meantime, should it change our thinking if a massive wave of immigration has come to an end?
- Gregory Rodriguez: New America Foundtion
- Bill Richardson: APCO Worldwide, @govrichardson
- Mark Krikorian: Center for Immigration Studies, @MarkSKrikorian
- Demetrios Papademetriou: Migration Policy Institute
Designing Healthy Communities in an Age of Obesity ()
An editorial in today's New York Times raises questions about an epidemic of Type 2 Diabetes. Almost a fifth of new cases are in young people, where it's hardest to treat. Even doctors say medicine is not the remedy. That children are starting so young bodes ill for their failures. The New England Journal of Medicine reports that three ways to treat the disease in children 10 to 17 don't work well. Pediatrician Richard Jackson, former Director of the National Center for Environmental Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and State Health Officer for California's former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, is host of Designing Healthy Communities, a series currently being shown on public television.
- Richard Jackson: UCLA School of Public Health
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